As a Division 3 competitor, historic Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country always held a special place in Troy Coughlin’s heart. Aside from his home track of National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio, Coughlin is as familiar with “the Grove” as any place on tour.
So it was appropriate that he took his first national event victory there when he won the Keystone Nationals in 2001.
Perhaps the best part of the weekend was the breakneck pace of the race itself. Pro Stock put together its quickest elimination field ever at that event and Troy’s kid brother Jeg even set an NHRA national record for elapsed time during the race. Simply put, everyone was running at their absolute best that weekend and Troy was the one to come out on top, beating Kurt Johnson, Tom Hammonds, reigning world champion Jeg Coughlin, and Tom Martino on the day.
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